The Future - A Draft Community Right to Build Order for a Redeveloped Hall
The trustees of Freshford Village Memorial Hall, and their supporting development sub-committee have prepared a Community Right to Build Order (CRtB order) to fulfil their vision to enhance, modernise and extend the existing Freshford Village Memorial Hall facility to provide a welcoming and attractive multi-purpose focus for local community activity complementing its outstanding rural setting. The intention is to embark upon a phased programme to be carried out over the next 5 years, incorporating refurbishment of the existing village hall building, with extensions to provide a separate doctor’s surgery and dedicated pre-school space. This project will significantly improve and ensure the long term viability of a building which acts as the community hub for the villages of Freshford and Limpley Stoke. 

What is a Community Right to Build Order (CRtB Order)?

A Community Right to Build Order (CRTB Order) Submission is comparable to a Planning Application, but with two key differences:
  • a CRTB Order can only be submitted by a community group or organisation (and so are usually drafted with an eye to community benefit). The proposal in a draft CRtB order is submitted to an independent examiner who will review the order to ensure it conforms to national and local planning policies. They will recommend or not, whether it can go to a referendum. 
  • in the referendum, residents of our Neighbourhood Plan Area (as defined by the Freshford and Limpley Stoke Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2039) will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to support this proposal. If over 50% of voters support the proposal then the local authority (Bath and North East Somerset Council) will ‘make’ the order, the equivalent of planning consent. This will be a key milestone in bringing the redeveloped Freshford Village Memorial Hall facility much closer to being delivered, as planning consent is a necessary prerequisite to many sources of funding.
The Order

The Freshford Village Memorial Hall’s Community Right to Build Order proposes development of land at Freshford Village Memorial Hall, Freshford Lane, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7UR.

The proposed development is to enhance, modernise and extend the existing Freshford Village Memorial Hall facility to provide a welcoming and attractive multi-purpose focus for local community activity complementing its outstanding rural setting.

The proposed development will incorporate purpose-built doctor's surgery and Pre-school extensions to the existing refurbished main hall and meeting room accommodation.

Consultation
The local Consultation on the Draft Community Right to Build Order ran from Monday 16th April to Monday 28th May 2018.
The full Draft Community Right to Build Order and supporting documents were displayed online, in the Galleries Shop and Cafe and at a drop-in community event held at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 2nd May from 3-6pm. 

We are now considering the feedback received and with the support of our architects Hewitt Studios, Bath and NE Somerset Council Planning team and other  professionals, we are preparing a Consultation statement detailing the actions or amendments we will take in response to concerns raised. We are also preparing a Conditions statement which will detail how the final Community Right to Build Order will meet the requirements of Local and National Planning Policy. These documents and the amended Order will be shared with the Local Community once completed. 

Amended plans and visualisations - August 2018 Update
Following community feedback Hewitt Studios have reduced both the height and the projection of the proposed 2-storey Pre-school wing (see the image above).  They have also prepared visuals showing the impact of the proposals from various locations around the surrounding neighbourhood. The amended plans and new visual impact assessments can be viewed below.

Community Right to Build Order Documentation


Further feedback and comments on the Community Right to Build Order Plans can be made by email to: